“Thyroid Problems May Vary By Race”

Graves disease rates were higher among military personnel who were not white but whites had more of another thyroid illness

(dailyRx News) Some diseases are more dominant in certain groups than others. Disorders of the thyroid may be among illnesses for which race matters.

A new study of active US military personnel concluded that black service people and those of Asian/Pacific Island ancestry were substantially more likely than whites in the armed forces to have one form of a thyroid disorder, Graves disease.

However, whites were more likely than blacks and people of Asian/Pacific Island descent to be have been diagnosed with a second type of thyroid disorder, Hashimoto thyroiditis.

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